Neel Before ZodAfter a decent amount of speculation, the Sucker Punch director has settled on the villain for Warner Brothers’ Superman reboot: that great Kryptonian refugee, General Zod. As for the actor who’ll play him … well, that’s something of a surprise.

Snyder has chosen Michael Shannon, the Oscar-nominated character actor who’s been in Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire and—I’m sure it pains him to be reminded—Jonah Hex, to play Zod, the charismatic Kryptonian played by Terence Stamp in Superman II.

Given the relatively high wattage of the balance of Man of Steel’s supporting cast—Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Pa and Ma Kent—Shannon’s casting feels a little out of left field, but interesting, to say the least.

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